Missing nurse’s kin want closure
Wilmot, Sandra and Toney-Ann Anthony weren’t expecting a long stay in the Cayman Islands when they arrived here two weeks ago.
But the search for their missing daughter and sister, Kerran Natalee Baker, has gone on longer than many thought it would, and so far no trace of the missing 25-year-old Jamaican national has been found.
“We won’t leave until we get closure,” Ms Baker’s sister Toney-Ann said Wednesday.
Ms Baker was last seen on 30 July around 7pm leaving the airport Foster’s grocery store. Police know she arrived home that night, but about 24 hours later a friend of hers found some full grocery bags and a handbag on the counter of the missing woman’s Bodden Town apartment.
The 25-year-old’s Honda Civic was found in the Pedro St. James Castle area on 1 August. Police have not been able to trace Ms Baker’s potential movements after Saturday night and said not enough evidence has materialised yet to lead to an arrest in connection with the case.
The missing woman’s family certainly believes some foul play was involved in her disappearance.
“I just want everyone out there to know, including the perpetrator of this cruel and selfish act that we are in pursuit of Kerran to the end,” said Toney-Ann. “We won’t ever give up.”
The strain of the two-week long search has begun to tell on the Anthonys. Wilmot Anthony said it has been difficult to relax at any time because his phone keeps going off.
He doesn’t dare ignore it, just in case that call may be the one he’s been waiting for.
“I almost fling my phone away,” Mr. Anthony said. “You talk to somebody and then somebody else calls. Every day people call [from Jamaica] and ask ‘what’s the next move’?”
Sandra Anthony, Kerran’s mother, again begged for anyone with information in her daughter’s disappearance to come forward.
RCIPS Chief Superintendent John Jones said the incessant calls reporting rumours that Ms Baker’s body had been found over the past few days were making a tough case worse for her family.
“It’s already a living nightmare for them,” he said.
Mr. Jones admitted police were still stumped as to what happened to Ms Baker after 7pm Saturday, 30 July. However, he said a number of leads were being pursued in the case and that the search for Ms Baker was “far from stale”.
In particular, officers were having difficulty tracking down anyone who might have contacted Ms Baker via BlackBerry instant messaging after she was spotted at Fosters. So far, Mr. Jones said no one had come forward with information about BBM contacts.
Reports that Ms Baker was seen in Lower Valley and at the Domino’s Pizza in Savannah haven’t been confirmed.
Police also have not finished testing “materials” found near Ms Baker’s car in the Pedro St. James Castle area which they said could prove important to the investigation. A forensic evaluation on those items has not yet been completed, police said.
Police said, as of press time Wednesday, no arrests had been made in connection with the disappearance.